Compared to anime series, I seldomly watch anime movies. There is no definite reason behind this, I just dunno what to watch I guess. Now, I was able to discover this masterpiece.
SWORD OF THE SRANGER
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 29, 2007
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Samurai
Duration: 1 hr. 43 min.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
In the Sengoku period of Japan, a young orphan named Kotarou and his dog Tobimaru steal from unsuspecting villagers in order to make ends meet. However, Kotarou is forced to remain on the run when he finds himself being hunted down by assassins sent by China’s Ming Dynasty for mysterious reasons not involving his petty crimes.
Fortunately, the duo run into Nanashi, a ronin who has taken refuge in a small temple, when Kotarou is attacked and Tobimaru poisoned. Although the samurai saves the helpless pair from their pursuers, he feels that there is no need to help them further; but when offered a gem in exchange for his services as a bodyguard, he reluctantly accepts Kotarou’s offer of employment—just until Tobimaru is healed and the two reach their destination. As the three set out on a perilous journey, it soon becomes evident that their path is riddled with danger, as the Ming Dynasty has now sent a terrifying swordsman after them to capture Kotarou and fulfill a certain prophecy. (MAL)
I remember the days when my father rented quite alot of dvds back then. He always rents 2 different kinds of movies. The first one were the movies we can watch as a family, and the other ones were the movies he wanted to watch. Most of the movies he wanted to watch were mostly gore-y and full of action. One of those movies were Azumi 1 & 2, and Rurouni Kenshin: Love & Betrayal. Even though he wanted to watch those movies all by himself, I was able to convince him (I was a kid back then, lol) to watch with him cuz I couldn’t sleep. All those movies mentioned above are movies that involves sword fighting, and all of them reminds me on the movie I recently watched, Sword of the Stranger.
Sword of the Stranger was a movie made by Studio Bones. It was about an orphan, Kotarou and his dog fleeing from his captors. Along the way, he met Nanashi, a samurai and asks for his help in escaping. The movie was kinda boring at times, but it was all compensated with the action-packed swordfighting. The slick swordfighting choreography of the fight scenes gave me eyegasms. Its not flashy like the ones we see on typical animes, but this one has more depth to it. Its like every move, every stroke was important in order to win against the opponent. I loved it.
The art and animation fits well with the story. You don’t see any moe element added to it. To represent the movie better, the color scheme of the movie were darker tone and bland colors. Even with the presences of bright colors lie red & yellow, they were colored in a dark & bland way to fit well with the other darker colors. Both the art & animation were not extravagant or visually appealing, its more laidback and cooler. I think the reason for that was for us, viewers, to focus more on the story-telling and the swordfighting, rather than be amazed by the artstyle & animation.
The sound and music fits really well along with the animation and the story. It fits well with the mood and atmosphere of the movie.
I don’t have anything to say much of the characters. With the anime only having 1 hour and 45 minutes, there were not much character development seen in the characters. Though I did like how Nanashi & Kotarou bonded over time, all thanks to the dog, Tobimaru. I want to have a dog like him too.
Overall, the movie is worth a try. Its simple, and and easy to binge-watch. It can be enjoyed by everyone, anime and non-anime fans.
Thanks for reading.